What is Oil Pulling, and Could It Clear Your Skin?

Oil Pulling for AcneBy popular demand, it is here! The acne and oil pulling article.

So, first of all.. what the heck is oil pulling?

Well, it’s a popular health practice that has roots in the ancient Ayurvedic medicine system of India.

You swish some oil (usually unrefined sesame or virgin coconut oil) in your mouth for 20 minutes or so and then spit it out and brush your teeth.

What is supposed to happen is that the physical properties of the oil draws out the bacteria in your mouth, and you dispose of it in the sink, resulting in much better oral health (whiter teeth, better breath, lower tooth sensitivity, less plaque etc)… but they also say it can have a profound effect on the wellness of your whole body.

Yes, it’s another one of those things that the internet says will cure anything this side of the moon, including acne. [Read more...]

Ask the Readers: Is It Actually Possible to Heal Ice Pick and Boxcar Acne Scars Naturally?

Heal Deep Acne Scars Naturally

This month’s ‘Ask the Readers’ question is about whether or not it’s actually possible to heal deep acne scars naturally – like ice pick, box car, or rolling scars (submit your own question here).

Kyla writes:

Is it possible to heal ice pick and boxcar scars naturally?

I can’t help but feel a but hopeless about them, because so far the answers that I have gotten are “you’re stuck with ‘em, sorry” or “do this scary chemical/surgery thingy that may or may not work and leave you with more scarring.”

So friends… has acne left you with deep scarring? If so, have you found anything that has actually worked for you to get rid of them or at least lessened their appearance significantly?

Please share in the comments below! [Read more...]

My Life Without Alcohol

Life Without Alcohol

When I started clearing my acne holistically 4 years ago, I decided to give up alcohol completely. Initially it was for the health benefits, but to this day I still don’t drink any alcohol.

Sure, I’ll have a chocolate bar – or even cheesecake – every once in a while (because I love chocolate and cheesecake), but I rarely, if ever, have a drink.

I’m not saying this to sound like a goody two shoes, or because I think alcohol is soooo bad that I won’t touch it. I honestly don’t think it’s a big deal to have a few drinks sometimes. If you like to drink, I’m so not judging you, I’m just sharing my own experiences here.

Unless you’re consuming huge amounts of it on a regular basis, personally I think the sugary soda & stuff it gets mixed with is worse than the alcohol.

The reason I’m talking about this is because some of you out there who are regular drinkers & partiers might be on the fence about giving up alcohol…. you’re thinking about it, but you are concerned about who you will be without that crutch. Which is a totally valid concern. [Read more...]

Esther’s Guide to Clear Skin

Esther's Guide to Clear SkinThis is a story by Love Vitamin reader Esther, who shares her tips for naturally clear skin (submit your own reader story here!)

I hated it when people tried to give me advice on how to deal with acne; the truth is that so many different things can cause it, and I really do believe it’s different for everyone.

But there are definitely some patterns I’ve spotted while doing research, and I feel I am somewhat qualified to give some advice now that now my skin is 99% clear.

I have a thing about internet privacy so I am not showing a photo of my entire face but this is my actual before and after photos of my skin:

Before and After Acne The Love Vitamin

I started getting acne over a year ago when I decided to start buying acne products to improve my skin. Instead it went from mild to mottled.

I had declared that “I am someone with acne therefore I should buy acne products.”

Here’s the most important thing I learned:

#1 – Acne is Caused By Your Beliefs

Acne is Caused By Your Beliefs

If you want to be someone with nice skin, you need to change your story. If I asked you to describe yourself and you said “I am someone with acne…” that was your first mistake!

Start thinking and acting like someone with perfect skin NOW. [Read more...]

Probiotics and Acne: The Ultimate Guide

Probiotics & Acne

In many cases, acne can be at least partially traced back to problems in the gut, and taking probiotics to treat acne may be one of the most important things you can do.

You body is made up of hundreds of trillions of bacteria. Most of us think of bacteria as a bad thing, but your body (and particularly your gut) is also made up of good bacteria which is absolutely essential to your health and wellbeing.

The good bacteria in your gut help you digest your food and absorb nutrients, boost your immune system, and eat up bad bacteria. They also help you to avoid digestive issues like diarrhea, constipation, IBS, lactose intolerance, and leaky gut.

When your gut is in balance, the good bacteria should outnumber the bad guys about 5 to 1, but when this is not the case, the bad bacteria can cause a host of gut issues – and since our body is holistic, the issues can stem out from there to the rest of the body and wreak havoc.

The skin is particularly linked to the gut and a poor bacterial balance can heavily promote inflammation in the skin. For a lot of people with acne, fixing up this ratio in the gut can go a HUGE way to clearing your skin. [Read more...]

Ask the Readers: How Long to Stick With Acne Supplements to See Results?

How long to stick with supplements?This month’s ‘Ask the Readers’ question is about how long to stick with taking a supplement for your acne (submit your own question here).

When is the right time to call it quits if it doesn’t seem to be working?

I have cystic acne all along my lower jawline area. I’m sure it’s hormonal since It comes on really bad once a month. I never had this problem until about a year ago..I am 36 years old.

I started taking Thorne SAT and the Estroblock supplements about one month ago and haven’t seen much change yet.

How long would you recommend sticking with it to see if I get good results?

Kelly K.

So friends… how long do you think you should stick with a supplement to see if it works? (I don’t mean just these Thorne SAT and Estroblock, but any supplement)

Please share in the comments below! And if you have specific experience with the two supplements mentioned please share that as well! [Read more...]

Vitamin Injections: An Unexpected Acne Cure for the Optimist

Vitamin Injections Acne CureThis is a reader story from Jessica. Click here to submit your own reader story to be featured on The Love Vitamin!

Let me tell you a story—an ironic, surprising story. This is the story of how a medical diagnosis and the accompanying treatment plan killed two birds with one stone.

More importantly, this is also a story about staying optimistic despite acne—about letting the right treatment come to you when you are ready for it.

It’s A Little Bit Funny

I am a freelance writer who specializes in health and fitness topics. I came into this career with a fair amount of health-related knowledge. And since this job requires me to stay on top of all the latest heath trends, discoveries, and fads, I do quite a bit of research.

One of my favorite topics to write about is vitamin deficiencies. I travel a lot and have seen firsthand the devastating side effects of poor nutrition. If there is anything I can do to help prevent people from suffering that same fate, I do what I can.

Therefore, you can imagine my surprise when I went to the doctor and found I had a vitamin deficiency! It was like the Field of Dreams all over again…if you write about it, it will come.

The doctor needlessly explained my condition to me. Once he said I had a vitamin B12 deficiency, I felt like smacking myself on the head. Of course I had a B12 deficiency. While I hadn’t gone completely vegan, my diet was definitely more plant based than it used to be.

Since vitamin B12 is only found in animal products—eggs, milk, poultry, beef, fish, etc.—I was missing out on a vital nutrient. [Read more...]

How to Do a Modified Caveman Regimen

Modified Caveman RegimenThe caveman regimen. You either love the idea or think it’s the grossest thing you’ve ever heard of.

The latter seems to be a popular reaction from women, as we have been collectively brainwashed since birth that mounds of products are a necessity for beauty.

Many men don’t use any products or make any kind of point to wash their face… and no one thinks it’s gross or that their skin looks like a hideous mess. In fact, most of the time it looks way better than ours.

So seriously – why do women have to use products and soaps and fancy-this-and-that in order to be beautiful??


But whatever you think is okay with me. I haven’t washed my face in more than two years and I’m never going back. My face looks great, I couldn’t be happier with how easy my (lack of) skin care routine is, and I’m not the only one – many others are incredibly happy about their success with it too, like this guy, and this gal.

I encourage you to read the second article from a gal named Kearby, who wrote on her website how much caveman principles have helped her with her acne.

Notice I said “priniciples”. She didn’t do what I would call a “puritanical” version of the caveman regimen, where you go for an initial thirty days without washing your face at all, no water on it, no touching your face, and absolutely no products on it.

She did what I would call a modified caveman regimen. And it still worked great for her. [Read more...]

New Caveman Regimen Guide Now Available + Everything is 30% Off

Hey lovely, just letting you know that the brand new Caveman Regimen: The Ultimate Guide is now available! If you want naturally clear skin without the lengthy skin routine and feel truly liberated from acne for the first time ever, then click here :)

The new guide will be available for 30% off the regular price, and in celebration, all my other ebooks are on sale for 30% off too! Check them all out here. Sale ends at midnight EST, Sunday July 6th. Don’t miss out!

Ask The Readers: What to Do About Hot & Humid Summertime Acne?

Summertime BreakoutsHey Love Vitamins!

This is the first edition of a new feature on the site called “Ask the Readers”, where you can ask a question and the Love Vitamin community will respond with their experiences, opinions, and advice! I would like to post one of these about once a month.

If you want to submit your own reader question, head on over to the ‘Ask the Readers’ page!

I chose the following question because it’s something I genuinely am not sure of the answer to. My skin personally likes hot and humid weather, but some people’s skin just hates it resulting in mad summertime breakouts.

My feeling is that all the holistic health stuff we talk about on The Love Vitamin would be the answer to stop these kinds of breakouts, but beyond that I am actually at a loss for specific advice. I just don’t have experience with it.

So here is the question: [Read more...]